All this for the "King of Fish"!

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An elaborate series of constructions across the River Moy at Ballina must have cost a fortune at the time and all to catch the mighty Atlantic Salmon - the "King of Fish"! As a child spending school holidays in Ballina Morning Mary's memories of fishing in Ballina was of men rowing out with their nets in a loop. On return to the shore they hauled their nets in and always seemed to have a plentiful supply of big silver salmon which were then bludgeoned to death and placed in boxes. The pictured set-up seems so much more sophisticated than that!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Circa 1865 - 1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_07464

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    O Mac

    • 10/May/2022 08:27:31

    Weir is still there but buildings opposite are not. Ballina

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    • 10/May/2022 09:04:47

    Mr French / Lawrence must have liked this place; there are many photos over several visits. Today's photo, with the wedge-shaped sliding footbridge and bolt-on WC, is not the earliest, and seems to be part of an unusual (for Lawrence) three panel Cabinet plate panorama - (this photo) (to the right) (further right) - which is partly duplicated by Imperial plates at the same time - ... and possibly triplicated by a Royal plate set ... Earlier Stereo Pair long view (which needs flipping) - matches with no bolt-on WC and a wooden (fixed?) bridge. The pointy building with the bolt-on WC seems to be the only building to survive.

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    • 10/May/2022 09:27:08

    "... The fishery is carried on with great success; at the falls of the river are salmon weirs, which have been rebuilt by Messrs. Little, at an expense of £1500, and in which great quantities of fish are taken and shipped for Dublin and Liverpool. Farther down the river, near the quay, are placed drafting nets in which great numbers are taken; the fishery is rented at £1500 per annum. ..." From Lewis' Topographical Survey of 1837

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    • 10/May/2022 16:13:52[email protected]/ St. Michaels Church is still there.

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    • 10/May/2022 16:19:46

    long exposure, the water given an artistic twist

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    O Mac

    • 10/May/2022 18:41:21[email protected]/ True... I initially thought this was the North bank. It's a pity none of the mill/grainstore remains

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    Sunny Harry

    • 10/May/2022 20:10:33

    I've often fished the ridge pool there never caught a salmon yet but I did take this snap with my phone

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    • 14/May/2022 15:22:01

    At what point in history did it become legal for ordinary people to catch the salmon and like fish in the Shannon River? My impression was that at one time those fish were considered property of the Crown? My spouse's parents born in Clare arrived in the US in 1913 and 1914, but I don't recall if that was true in their childhoods. Just curious.